Creative Play Newsletter – Fear of the Blank Page

In an episode of the Creativity Habit podcast that I was listening to recently, the host Daphne Cohn asked artist and author of The Creative Sandbox Way Melissa Dinwiddie about facing the fear of the blank page. Melissa answered that the best thing is to just make a mark, any mark. That’s good advice, but […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Back to School

It has been a really long time since I went back to school in September, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling like a new year is beginning each time Labor Day rolls around. I no longer go out and buy new notebooks and packs of pencils, but I do clear away the piles in […]

The Creativity Habit Podcast

I started listening to a new podcast yesterday called The Creativity Habit™ that I heard about through a newsletter. After subscribing, I scrolled down through the available episodes to see if there were others from the past that I might want to listen to as well. Imagine my surprise when I came across a familiar […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Take a Creativity Break

This week’s episode of the Productivity Paradox podcast was about the importance of taking breaks for increasing both productivity and mental clarity. The show host Tonya Dalton speaks about five different kinds of breaks (because social media breaks scrolling through feeds on your phone are counterproductive): Relaxation breaks, Movement breaks, Alone time breaks, Social breaks, […]

Does Creativity Pay?

In July, the Craft Industry Alliance, of which I am a member, published an interesting and personal blog post from Carrie Bloomston about her decision to give up trying to make a living as an artist and to take a job with a steady paycheck and health insurance instead. The post garnered a lot of […]

5 Ways to Play Today

During the same week last year that I discussed the 3 Myths of Creativity, I ended with the following post about what to do immediately to add some creative play time: So far this week, I have shared with you why I started Creative Play™ in the first place and talked about some of the […]

3 Myths of Creativity in Adults

As kids, creativity comes naturally to us. We just do creative things as the normal course of our days. But, somewhere along the way to adulthood, we begin talking ourselves out of our own creativity. I call these the “3 Myths of Creativity” and I’ve addressed each one in a separate blog post. Myth #1 […]

Creativity: The Cure for Your Midlife Crisis

I read a very interesting news analysis in The New York Times Sunday Review yesterday. Laura M. Holson wrote about how getting back in touch with one’s creativity is the way many are addressing their midlife crises today. That certainly was true for me. Forget a Fast Car. Creativity is the New Midlife Crisis Cure […]